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“Get the Mote Out of Your Own Eye – How About That!”

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” [Matthew 7:4].  I want you to know that in my years of ministry I have seen church folks judging each other, criticizing each other, running each other down, talking on the phone about each other and the list could go on and on. Just because you say you know the Lord, dress up on Sunday, go to church, read Scripture, sing and shout does not mean you are totally right with God. You do all of these activities on Sunday then turn right around on Monday and judge and criticize one another. That should not be! We are to have judgment that only comes through the Spirit of God. We have wrongly judged another person and have sinned in the process. In our rush to judgment, in our haste to make sure someone else takes the blame, in our zeal to find the guilty party, we have violated the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” The words are simple and clear. They are plain and unambiguous. But because they are familiar we tend to forget about them. Listen, we are not to be faultfinders.  Proverbs 11:12 tells us, “It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.”  The Message is even more pointed: “Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense.” Don’t you know that faultfinding is the “venom of the soul?” It destroys your joy, drains your happiness, and prevents you from having close friendships. Truth be told, you criticize others in order to bring them down to your level. Or worse, you try to tear them down to prove they are really beneath you. What a spiritual vulture you are. Like the vultures of the air that live off dead, rotting flesh, you thrive on the mistakes and sins of others. You ought to repent!

Jesus said, “Judge not!” But oh, how we break this command: Blowing small things all out of proportion; Maximizing the sins of others—their faults, foibles and their petty ways. Coming to quick, hasty, negative conclusions; Making mountains out of molehills. Getting involved in situations where you should not be involved. Passing along critical stories to others; having a strong bias to find others guilty; adding aggravating remarks when telling a story. Dismissing an unkind remark by saying, “I was only joking.” Saying something critical and then trying to cover it up. Being unkind and then quickly changing the subject. Telling too many people about what others have done to us; Taking pleasure in condemning others; Telling the truth in order to hurt, not to help; Putting others down in order to make yourself look better; Minimizing your sins while magnifying the sins of others. That’s why Jesus said in verse 5, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Judge not lest you shall be Judge!”

Hey, who can argue with Jesus—right? The verse is taken to mean nobody has the right to judge anybody for anything at any time. The problem… The verse has a context. When Jesus spoke these words on the slopes surrounding the Sea of Galilee, He wasn’t saying never to judge. He simply warned about doing it the wrong way—by telling us how to make judgments the right way. And believe me, it ain’t easy. Christian love is not blind. God never says, “Ignore the faults of others.” But He does say, “Take care of your own faults first.” Look in the mirror! Ask God to show you your own sins. The familiar words of Psalm 139:23-24 come to mind: “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” If we would pray that way and mean it, we would do a lot more confessing and a lot less judging. And that my friend is God’s message for us today!

“Verdict: 6-1… In Favor of SBETA!”

Lou Coleman (left) and Executive Director of SBETA, Mr. Ernest B. Dowdy, Jr. (right)

Lou Coleman (left) and Executive Director of SBETA, Mr. Ernest B. Dowdy, Jr. (right)

By Lou Coleman

As a Christian, what do you do when life is coming down on you hard; when there seems to be no way out? When you are worried or afraid? When you are in distress? What do you do when you are facing such monumental obstacles? How do believe beyond your ability to understand how your problems can be solved? The answer lies in the Word of God.

In [2 Chronicles 20] Jehoshaphat was the King. As King everything would fall on his shoulders. When a great multitude came against Judah to do battle, Jehoshaphat determined to seek God for help. Key Verse: 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

The reason I am writing this is to remind you that the battle you are facing is not yours, but God’s. Yes, the battle is the Lord’s, but we have a part – and that is to trust and believe His promises in the face of hopelessness and what seem to be impossibilities.  Faith demands that we turn over all our problems – all our critical situations, all our fears, all our anxieties – into the hand of the Lord.  When we have done all we can do and we know our battle is beyond our power, we must submit all into His hands.

If you will hold fast to your faith – trusting Him, resting in His promises, rejecting all lies of Satan coming into your mind – then expect God to come by His Spirit into your situation and bring an expected end to your particular battle.  He will move heaven and earth to deliver you and make a way.  The way out is to trust, trust, trust!  “He makes wars to cease” (Psalm 46:9).

I want you to know that God’s testimony was on the line at the City Council Meeting on Monday, September 21st in reference to whether or not the City will continue to run SBETA or the County. God had made promises to the nation of Israel.  Jehoshaphat claimed the promises that God made. On this day the Executive Director of SBETA, Mr. Ernest B. Dowdy, Jr., claimed the promises that God made. Jesus said, “Come to Me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest,” (Matt 11:28). “I am with you always, even to the ends of the earth,” (Matt. 28:20). He said that His words will not pass away (Mark 13:31). He said that He would raise you up on the last day. (John 6:40). He said that whatever you asked in His name would be given to you. (John 14:14).  Because of whom God is and what He has already done for you, you can trust Him even more for the future and have no fear that He will continue to uphold you, love you, and continue His wonderful loving plan in your life. To God Be All The Glory! United We Stand…. Divided We Fall!

2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure Raises Awareness on Sickle Cell Disease

Comedy for a Cure

By Naomi K. Bonman

LOS ANGELES, CA—Like the old saying goes, laughing is a good source of medicine. It has the magic tip in making one forget about their current worries. On Sunday, September 27, The Mentortainment Group will be collaborating with Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, AEOM PR, AND Crack Em’ Up Comedy to present the 2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure: A Benefit and Awareness Show for Sickle Cell Disease. The show will be held at The Comedy Store located at 8433 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

The host for the night is comedian and sickle cell survivor, Six Foota Slim. He will be telling his story as well as keeping you entertained between each set of comedians. Those that will be blessing the stage for the evening include London Brown, HBO Ballers; Edwonda White, Def Comedy Jam; and DC Ervin, NBC Last Comic Standing. In addition to laughing your butt off, there will also be a special what’s Da Count Awards Presentation as well as a red carpet hour hosted by Lacora Stephens.

Patrons interested in attending must be 21+ to enter the building. You can get your tickets now and save 5 bucks at $25 or purchase your tickets at the door for $30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. For more information, please contact Melinor Moore at nmoore@aeompr.com, Nichelle Murdock at nichellemurdock@gmail.com, or Kelvin Taylor atthementortainmentgroup@gmail.com.